Zoë Chan

Zoë Chan lives in Vancouver on the unceded ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Sel̓íl̓witulh Nations. Since 2018, she has worked as Assistant Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery, where she curated Uncommon Language (2020-21), and co-curated Where do we go from here? (2020-21) and Stories that animate us (2021). While working as an independent curator between 2012 and 2019, she delved into a range of subject matter including documentary practices, youth, food, and discourse around representation in art and visual culture. Her curatorial projects have been presented by Trinity Square Video, Vidéographe, Kamloops Art Gallery, Optica, MSVU Art Gallery, Foreman Art Gallery, Articule, and the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels). In 2017, she was the inaugural curator at the Foundry Darling’s Paris-based residency at Les Récollets organised in collaboration with the Canadian Cultural Centre and La Ville de Paris. She was selected by ICI (Independent Curators International) to participate in its 2014 Curatorial Intensive program in NYC. Her writing has been published in C Magazine, esse arts + opinions, and Momus, among others. She is a two-time recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Project Grant to Curators and Critics, and received the Joan Lowndes Award in recognition of excellence in critical and curatorial writing in 2015. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Art History from Concordia University.


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